Skip to main content

"The Three Stooges" Failed Pilot

Movies Preview

"The Three Stooges" Failed Pilot

Published 1949

This is a failed pilot for a "Three Stooges" TV show. The concept of the show was that the Stooges would try a new profession each show. In this episode they are interior decorators. Features Moe, Larry and Shemp

Run time 19 mins
Producer Moe Howard
Audio/Visual sound, Black and white
Contact Information <a href="">Video Cellar</a>


Reviewer: darose16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2017
Subject: Amazing & Enjoyable!
I LOVE THIS! I wonder if the fast paced dialogue was due to a nervous energy. I would think this would've been a major event in their careers. Being offered a contract on this new media, I would think, would've been THAT type of event. As a kid watching their shorts I didn't care who the 3rd Stooge was for the short I was watching because to me The Stooges were The Stooges, it didn't change anything to me who #3 was. A few years ago I was browsing online & stumbled on an old Mike Douglas Show & his co-host for the day/week was Moe. It was great to see Moe doing something outside of being a Stooge. I have never seen him outside of The Stooges shorts/movies. It was towards the end of Moe's life but each time he talked about The Stooges it was like he became younger & he was recalling a first love, to me, it was extra special to see! I gave this the highest rating because even though the video quality was bad, TV was in its infancy, everything else about it was the best!
Reviewer: Donfield - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2012
Subject: Historical overview
According to The Three Stooges Scrapbook published 1982 by Jeff Lensburg, Joan Howard Maurer (Moe's daughter), Greg Lensburg, we're given a lot of information on this. It was filmed in one day, on October 12, 1949. It was filmed at ABC and produced by Phil Berle (Milton's brother). Emil Sitka ("Hold hands you lovebirds"), Symona Boniface ("I'll get it in a minute"), and Joseph Kearns (later of tv's Dennis the Menace) are in the supporting cast. In terms of a "failed pilot," Columbia Pictures prevented it from ever being aired. Their contract with Columbia stipulated they could not perform in a television series that competed with their 2-reel shorts. Columbia threatened to cancel the contract and sue them if they tried to sell the series. To avoid a lawsuit, the film was shelved and the project abandoned.
Reviewer: migre - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2012
Subject: Bad Title, Great Download
Failure as mentioned in the title does not enter the picture with this T.V. show.
The method of comedy simply didn't look well for the time. Television was barely getting off the ground when this was released, and it may have even startled a few viewers who were new to household television viewing to see grown men slapping each other around almost inside one's home.
Listening to a live audience during the stooges is special experience. You can tell the audience wasn't "coached" by the laughter....much more natural & a lot of times people laugh just a little bit.
The sound is good, but the picture isn't the greatest as it might have came from an early videotape system but Stooges fans will be in heaven.
Reviewer: The_Monkey_Master - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2011
Subject: Missing some?????
This prints missing some parts...
like when Shemp is typing:
Moe-"Dear Sir"
type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type type
Moe-"What do you have so far?"
Shemp-"How do you spell sir?"
Moe-"In your case, C-U-R"
Reviewer: skybandit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2011
Subject: I miss Curley
But Shemp was good, too. They started out in live vaudeville, y'know, and the slaps and grunts had to be loud enough to be heard in the back. Great stuff!
Reviewer: 60skid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2011
Subject: live tv?
what this proves is that the 3 stooges physical comedy was "real" not a studio special effect
Reviewer: Verbusen - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2010
Subject: Great For Stooge Fans
This is a great upload for Stooge Fans! I'm really happy it was not picked up though as clearly the filmed shorts are much better quality, and they kept making them for 8 more years. I doubt many of these episodes for TV would have been made. I'd rather watch a Joe Besser short then another of these TV episodes. Which, although most Stooge fans hate Joe's shorts, I'm a fan!
Reviewer: cosmico - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2010
Subject: EEP EEP EEP!
I abso-bleeping-lutely love this, and find it as funny or funnier than many of the Stooges shorts.

As a Stooges fan for over fifty years, it's gut-busting hilarious to see Moe, Shemp and Larry (not to mention the amazing Emil Sitka, along with the rest of this pilot's supporting cast) do their shtick on live TV. I also saw them live when I was a kid, but that's another story.

This is pure gold to a Shemp fan like myself (he was always my favorite Stooge), and many thanks to Video Cellar for the great contribution to the Archive!
Reviewer: rpforrest - favoritefavorite - January 19, 2010
Subject: Failed pilot
It's not hard to see why this pilot failed, it doesnt even come close to the quality and humor of the Stooges Columbia shorts..
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2009
Subject: Horribly Good
The ABC Network would of had their butts sued off by the FCC if they aired a show with 11 Minutes of commercials back in 1949.

(True, there were infomercials like "Tales of the Red Caboose", but prime time major TV shows were heavily restricted in how many commercials they could have)

It's still very funny though. The pacing is so fast, it makes my neck hurt.

Thank you, Video-Cellar, for uploading this.
SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata)
( 1 reviews )
Creation Chip Michaelangelos
by Creation Chip
eye 205
favorite 1
comment 0
Creation Chip Michaelangelos
by Creation Chip
eye 268
favorite 1
comment 0
Picfixer Movie Trailer Collection
eye 377
favorite 0
comment 0
Classic TV
eye 7,217
favorite 16
comment 10
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Creation Chip Michaelangelos
by Creation Chip
eye 259
favorite 1
comment 0
Classic TV
eye 22,846
favorite 22
comment 16
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 16 reviews )
Comedy Films
eye 49,445
favorite 10
comment 4
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Classic TV
eye 14,817
favorite 14
comment 22
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 22 reviews )
Classic TV
eye 4,524
favorite 3
comment 1
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )